So, I was trying to do 1 million small things today at work. And I was also trying to download a birthday list from Facebook. And I was listening to Pandora. And fielding 1 thousand questions from my co-workers and customers.
I was doing it. Yes, I was. But I was not doing it very well. Not very well at all. I kept chasing my tail and moving from one thing to another. And never completing anything.
And it all kind of started to fall apart. I was over caffeinated, possibly. And I was hungry.
Facebook was frustrating me to no end. And everyone kept interrupting. And…my phone kept mysteriously shutting itself off during conversations. And Pandora kept spitting out commercials mid-song. And my PC kept bailing. And then I had to go re-set the routers.
So………I took a moment. I shut everything off. Everything but the overhead lights. I re-booted everything. Then I ate lunch. I did not spill one drop of balsamic dressing on my white shirt. And I read some of my favorite blogs. And I chilled for about 15 minutes.
Then I went back to work. With a vengeance.
I got all, I mean All, all of the things done for work. And a few personal items too. Yay! Celebrate. It’s amazing to get things done at work when I keep getting interrupted and becoming distracted. Especially by the shiny things.
What? Shiny! Ooooooh, how pretty.
(Sorry, sorry, sorry. Back on task. I need to type this up and get it out of my system as soon as I possibly can…. )
Then I had a quick conversation with my co-worker about gratitude. I told her that I’d just deleted an email message from the author of The Secret. She said she’d re-send it to me. I’m glad she did because I really needed to hear it. I really did.
Begin your day by feeling grateful. Be grateful for the bed you just slept in, the roof over your head, the carpet or floor under your feet, the running water, the soap, your shower, your toothbrush, your clothes, your shoes, the refrigerator that keeps your food cold, the car that you drive, your job, your friends.
I’ve gotten away from feeling grateful the last week or so. I’ve been focused on other things. I’ve been mightily overwhelmed. And that has made my view of the big picture and the small picture of everyday things change.
The key is the words “my view” Not much has actually changed. Except my perception of what is going on. I’ve allowed “my view” become dirty and dusty. My lens is a mess….not what is actually happening.
I’m grateful that I’ve caught myself with a dusty view or lens. I’m grateful that I can clean my lens and have a clear, crisp view. I’m grateful for everything I have, for everything that I see, for everything I can hear and experience. I’m beyond grateful for the wonderful people in my life: my husband, my dear friends, my family and even the people I thank as they hand me change at the coffee shop.
I’m grateful for it all. And when I realize that, my view becomes clear and beautiful. And I’m so, so grateful.